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Gay Papers Staff Quits Over Nonpayment

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Most members of the Chicago Free Press's editorial staff left the weekly gay newspaper Monday because they haven't been paid, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Editor Matt Simonette told the Tribune he left along with the graphic designer, art director, and most of the writers. He said staff members had not received paychecks that were due December 15, and editorial contributors had not been paid since mid November.

"The senior staff did not resign; it was just simply a matter of leaving because of nonpayment," he said.

Publisher David Costanzo acknowledged checks had been delayed. "The last two to three payrolls, we've been having issues from a cash-flow standpoint," he said. "Over the last two payrolls, we had to delay some paychecks."

He had to choose between laying people off and asking them to wait for their checks, he told the Tribune Tuesday, adding that he planned to write the December 15 paychecks that evening.

Costanzo said he would replace the departed employees and that this week's issue would come out on time Thursday.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.